Members of the business community have come together to help develop the skills of local school pupils and benefit our hospices.

The Wrexham Leadership Alliance took part in our Dragons’ Lair event at Ysgol Bryn Alyn on Wednesday 26th June. The programme sees Year 10 pupils create, market and present a small business proposal to experienced leaders who listen to their pitch and give constructive feedback.

The business ideas will be used for real at the school’s summer fair and profits from the stalls go directly to our hospices. It also forms a crucial part of the Welsh Baccalaureate qualification studied by pupils.

Business people from top Wrexham-based firms volunteered to become Dragons

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Featuring leaders from large local firms such as Net World Sports, Platts Agriculture, Marlin Industries, The Very Group and The Uncommon Practice, the event aims to boost confidence in young people, provide financial insight and highlight different career options.

Lisa Bellis, People Partner at The Very Group, said: “This is my first Dragons’ Lair and it is so nice to do something different and give something back to the students.

“I hope we can help them understand the range of pathways available to them and inspire them to help fill the skills gap locally.

“The Wrexham Leadership Alliance was formed to drive change in the area by supporting young people with training. This is highlighted by things such as the JCB Skills Academy.”

Feedback forms a crucial part and the Dragons take detailed notes

The day saw groups of students present their business ideas such as fresh smoothies, handmade bead jewellery, delicious strawberry and chocolate pots and even a soak the teacher game, which will no doubt go down well at the end of term.

Cat Dowdeswell from Hope House Tŷ Gobaith, who facilitates the event, said: “We are delighted to have had the Leadership Alliance on board for this Dragons’ Lair. Their combined experience and vision will do wonders for the pupils and help them work towards a valuable qualification.

“Our Dragons’ Lair events over the years have also raised over £130,000 for our hospices which serve over 750 local children and families.

“Huge congratulations go to all the Ysgol Bryn Alyn pupils who took part. They were brilliant and gave us some really inspiring pitches.”

Get involved

Schools across Wales can get involved and local business people are always welcome to test their mettle as a Dragon. To find out more and get involved, see this link or contact the fundraising office on (01691) 671 671.